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An amazing weekend at CTeen Shabbaton in New York


Kayla Dombrosky enjoying the snow in New York during CTeen Shabbaton.

Kayla Dombrosky, granddaughter of Risa and Gil Dombrosky (who is on staff at the Heritage), attended the annual CTeen Shabbaton in New York City hosted by Chabad Lubavitch. It was a get-together of over 1500 Jewish teens from around the world.

Kayla met the Chief Rebbi of Chabad and learned more about Judaism than her grandparents knew. The group toured Manhattan and then celebrated a unity Shabbat in Brooklyn. Saturday night was spent in Times Square for a havdallah ceremony where the teens enjoyed the singing of Gad Elbaz, an Israeli Jewish singer who has several albums to his credit.

"It was like a New Year's celebration with all the revelry," said Kayla, who also got to touch snow for the first time.

On Sunday morning, the group visited a hand-made matzoh bakery, a Jewish scribe and Judaica stores.

Kayla came home with a great sense of pride in her Jewish culture and wants to go back again next year.


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